I hate it because it became boring and predictable long ago, a journalist’s cliché to convince the public that their story is more significant than it actually is.
That’s my rantlet done with. The point I’m trying to make is that overused words and phrases start to irritate after a while and the feeling that they should be banned becomes overwhelming, but should it be a local or a worldwide blacklist?
(I’ve realised that I’ve just used what might be an offensive word, but I can’t think of an alternative.)
Lake Superior University has published its 2012 list of words and phrases that should be banished and here they are:
- Baby Bump
- Shared Sacrifice
- Man Cave
- The New Normal
- Pet Parent
- Win The Future
- Thank You In Advance
The list was drawn up by public nomination in the US and illustrates, to me at least, how different nations are irked by different words.
Amazing is amazingly overused in the UK as well, but where would Grace be if it were banished? And I suppose that there was bound to be blowback against occupy after the Wall Street and the London Stock Exchange protests.
Ginormous though is a perfectly useful word for humorous exaggeration and has been in use in the UK for decades, but not overused in common parlance in my experience.
As for the others on the list, I don’t recognise them as words I hear often or use myself. I even had to look up trickeration to find out that it is just a neologism for trickery.
So let’s start our own list of words to banish from UK English, starting with the suffix -gate.
Incidentally, if you’re wondering why there is an image of Cab Calloway illustrating this post, it’s because of his 1931 song, Trickeration, which perhaps shows us that neologisms are the old normal. Here it is: